UST rookie Cansino ‘surprised’ to be in 7th place of UAAP MVP race

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college University of Santo Tomas’ wunderkind placed seventh in the MVP race after the first round, accumulating 57.4286 statistical points with averages of 14.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 2.9 assists in the Growling Tigers’ first seven games of the season.READ: Akhuetie leads UAAP MVP race thru 1st roundFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe former UAAP juniors’ MVP was flattered that he was even part of the race and he felt his hard work is slowly paying off in the collegiate field.“Of course, I was surprised because this is already the seniors’ division,” said Cansino, a frontrunner to win the Rookie of the Year award, in Filipino after UST’s 78-70 win over Far Eastern University Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Magnolia overcomes late Alaska run, stays on topcenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CJ Cansino’s proving that he’s more than a just rookie in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Cansino finished with five points but grabbed 12 rebounds in the Growling Tigers’ third straight win.“I feel like my extra work in practice is paying off because it’s been showing in my performance,” said Cansino. “I think the MVP race is more motivation for me to play harder next game.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more

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UP Pep Squad aims to be better next after another 6th place finish

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Co-captain Mika Sales said they chose the Sablay as their theme to represent the colors and emotions associated with the emblematic garment.“We chose ‘Iskulay ng Sablay’ for each color of the Sablay—red was love, green was growth, yellow was happiness, and purple was faith and getting through it,” said Sales. “We tried to show all of that through the routine.”UP tallied 568.5 points after its performance, 70 points behind third place Adamson University, but the captains insisted that their performance was meant especially for the UP community.“For me, this is for the UP community and I hope that they don’t stop supporting us,” said co-captain Megan Mendoza Cabrera. “We’re working on getting better, we’re working on improving. Our goal every year is to do better from the year before, and I think our team is going through that progression and I think we’re going to do better next year.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal ‘Hungrier’ UST Salinggawi ‘will be back’ after narrowly missing UAAP Cheerdance podium Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe UAAP Cheerdance Competition and University of the Philippines have almost become synonymous with each other ever since UP started raking in titles from 1999 to 2012.UP always seemed to find itself in a spot wherein the spectators always demanded the best out of it, but the UP Pep Squad hasn’t lived up to the expectation for the past two editions of the competition.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title After they skipped the 2016 edition and returned the followng year, the UP Pep Squad has since finished just sixth place in 2017 and 2018.Its captains, though, don’t mind finishing in an unflattering result as long as they’ve put on a show the UP community can appreciate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Our goal is to show that we have a happy and colorful routine, and you can see that the UP community enjoyed it so we’re happy with it,” said Cyrus Benjamin Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. “Even though it’s the second straight year that we missed out on the podium, that’s how things are, there are winners and there are losers. We just have to accept it.”The UP Pep Squad, who won eight titles to tie University of Santo Tomas as the winningest school in the competition, performed to the theme of the school’s iconic Sablay that students don when they graduate. View commentslast_img read more

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INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: SMC sweep

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:05SEA Games: Kim Mangrobang wins gold anew as Filipinos secure triathlon double sweep00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Another eventful year in Philippine sports has passed and there were moments that stood out from the rest.ADVERTISEMENT Wrestler’s attorney suggests haircut due to ref’s tardiness Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the next several days, INQUIRER.net runs down the top 7 sports stories of 2018.We kick off the list in the PBA and a season like no other.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissIt’s a good year to be under the San Miguel Corporation umbrella.Better yet, it was a historical season for SMC teams after pulling off a Grand Slam of sorts in the PBA with San Miguel Beer, Barangay Ginebra and Magnolia each celebrating a championship in three separate conferences. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom MOST READ Believe it or not, it marked only the first time in the rich history of the PBA that the three SMC squads completed a season sweep, according to league head statistician Fidel Mangonon.Magnolia punctuated SMC’s dominance after it dismantled Alaska in Game 6 of the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals last week while also ending the franchise’s four-year title drought.The Hotshots’ championship run was also the ninth time in 10 conferences that an SMC team won the crown.What makes SMC’s dominance more impressive is that it doesn’t look like it’s going to end soon with the 2019 Philippine Cup to come off wraps less than a month from now.The Beermen have been the undisputed all-Filipino champions for the past four seasons while the Gin Kings, who ruled the Commissioner’s Cup for the first time in 21 years, and the Hotshots appear to be just getting started.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew RELATED VIDEO ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folklast_img read more

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Meralco’s Trevis Jackson joins parade of big rookie games

first_imgWhy not him?“The first game [Meralco]needed me to be a great teammate off the bench,” Jackson said. “So I’mma be the first one off the bench, the first one clapping for you, the first one giving you a high-five.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Tonight, they asked more of me… all I had to do was be ready and that’s what I did.”Picked fifth overall by Meralco in the Draft, the California-raised cager asserted himself in the Bolts’ 99-94 conquest of Blackwater Saturday night at Ynares Center here. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “Doing well for her is like… it makes me happy, it makes my heart happy,” he added.Jackson is the latest rookie to make a splash early in the season. Aside from Perez and Bolick, Abu Tratter, who was snared seventh overall by Blackwater, tallied 18 points in his first game. No. 6 Javee Mocon registered 13 in his Rain or Shine debut.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kevin Alas feeling like ‘rookie again’ in his first game back from ACL injury Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Jackson scattered a team-best 19 point to go with a pair of assists and a rebound. He also shot well from deep, drilling five of his eight triple attempts.The 22-year-old admitted that he was pumped up by the performances of his draft classmates—particularly Columbian top pick CJ Perez and NorthPort’s Robert Bolick, who each came up with 26 points to lead their teams to victories.“Those are awesome guys. I watched their games and I was excited. I feel like if that excitement transferred over to me, I just told myself, ‘you gotta do it, you gotta give people something,’” he said.Plus, there was mom to impress.“My mom’s only here for this weekend. I had to send her home with something to see. I couldn’t let her come to a game and not perform,” Jackson said.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Another explosive rookie debut. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO—Trevis Jackson seems to have gotten the memo.Everywhere in the PBA Philippine Cup, his fellow rookies have been coming up with big games.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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LGC has a tall order and must get pro-active

first_imgDear Editor,It is most duplicitous and bemusing that we are seeing calls from among the strongest of political agents of the Government, for the appointed Commissioners of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and the Local Government Commission (LGC) to be impartial and non-partisan.Hypocritically, the noises now come from the same people who were the strongest advocates of impartiality. Persons known for their roles as the main proponents of the unconstitutional People’s National Congress (PNC) Sophia Declaration, and the following rigged referendum to declare party-paramountcy over law in our dear Guyana.From the outset, it is widely known that the construct of these commissions from which members are drawn, is based on political party’s representation of constituencies which must support their development ideals in fairness and within the rule of law. It follows that legitimate expectations of objectivity, fairness and transparency would be derived from the placement of representatives. Importantly, the balance ought to be established through knowledgeable and equal representation together with an impartial Chairman.Vincent Alexander’s recent article ‘Constitutional commissions are independent and apolitical’, shamelessly flies in the face of objectivity. After years as a GECOM Commissioner, he suddenly seems to be awakening from his slumbers and is calling for the proper functioning of GECOM and the LGC. As one of the most known political activists who were the one-time leader of the youth arm of the famous PNC; the Young Socialist Movement and a former Executive Member of the PNC, he now wishes for Commissioners to be neutral in their role.Notably, this same PNC member and party representative at GECOM was there when all the millions of dollars’ fraud took place at the GECOM Secretariat. Further, Alexander was serving as a Commissioner and did not call for neutrality regarding the seriously biased and compromised GECOM staffing which have a 90 per cent one ethnic group is employed. Vincent Alexander must come out publicly and let this nation know if he is impartial at GECOM.Further, the very fact that Charles Corbin, the brother of the former YSM leader and leader of the PNC is also the PNC representative on the Guyana Elections Commission, must speak volumes of the PNC’s vested interest in GECOM. The very fact that Alexander had nothing to say regarding the unilateral and breach of all norms in the appointment of GECOM’s Chairman, speaks to the double-dealing nature of the man.It is therefore more than justifiable that the Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo, must continue to lead the struggle and demand that GECOM put itself in order.As for the Local Government Commission, it is time that the members assert themselves in executing their constitutional functions.Alexander and the like cannot play deaf to broad-based public demands towards the implementation of the deliberately delayed LGC by the Government. It cannot be denied that these were met with stifled response and suppression of delivery of the tools necessary for the Commissioners to work effectively. The sudden shout out therefore, is only designed to camouflage many of the blatantly unacceptable Government indecencies.There is a strong need for review and strategic capacity building in the Local Government Area councils. Many of the Overseers have no training and cannot string two sentences together. One only has to look at the minutes of the meetings and letters that they are writing to observe the massive deficiencies.The LGC has a tall order and must therefore get pro-active, look at the serious staffing issues and work out mechanisms to improve and monitor the general regulation of the persons involved in administration of Local Authority Areas.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

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Times have changed for Guyana’s status in CARICOM!

first_imgDear Editor,As a young Guyanese, I have always heard of the callous and second class treatment of Guyanese in other CARICOM countries; namely, Trinidad and Barbados, which are two of the four major architects of the CARICOM Agreement with Guyana and Jamaica.Guyanese have complained for years of the difficulty of travelling to these countries, and the greater difficulty of obtaining work agreements (contrary to the CARICOM Single Market Agreement); and many other abuses, including severe ill-treatment and harassment in these territories.Let us not forget the mass kicking out of Guyanese workers recently in Barbados and ill-treatment of Guyanese entering Trinidad &Tobago, which the last administration tried to address unsuccessfully.It should be noted that under the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), one of the core tenets of the agreement is the free movement of skills/labour for CARICOM nationals, and the ability to seek work and/or engage in gainful employment WITHOUT the need to obtain a work permit in the member state in which he/she wishes to work (https://foreign.gov.tt/services/csme/).This was hardly ever the case for Guyanese, a state which helped to craft the original agreement, and today houses the CARICOM Headquarters. How that can possibly happen for such an important member is beyond comprehension, and would require volumes of articles to detail.Editor, I always felt it was my duty to represent my country in the best light, and one of the more positive themes I would hear from residents of other sister territories is that Guyanese are some of the hardest working people they have ever known.While I agree that a few apples might have spoilt the lot, the contributions to CARICOM from many Guyanese in terms of skilled labour and entrepreneurship have for many decades been magnanimous, but not appreciated still to this day.Guyana’s best entrepreneurs, teachers, doctors, artisans, carpenters etc. fleeing oppression and bad governance for much of its post-colonial history at the hands of the PNC and PPP, contributed immensely to the development of these territories; yet, many today cannot claim they are Guyanese in those territories due to shame, or fearing they will be denigrated.Editor, I must proclaim that today, with a sense of irony and prophesy, for which I predicted many years ago that there will come a time that nationals from those CARICOM countries (especially those known for the ill-treatment of Guyanese) will swim to our shores, we are now seeing some semblance of that.It has been reported recently that the majority of entrants into the country are citizens of Trinidad, arriving most likely due to oil bonanza currently being realised. I suspect many others will follow, especially as Guyana keeps racking up oil discoveries one after the other.Guyana is predicted to surpass oil extraction by miles more than Trinidad and Tobago at the height of its oil extraction years.Editor, we also, just today, saw former PM of Trinidad and Tobago, Ms. Kamla Persad-Bissessar, urging her current Government in the twin-island republic to pursue a partnership with neighbouring Guyana to refine its oil in order to avert the closure of the Petrotrin refinery (https://oilnow.gy/news/former-tt-prime-minister-thinks-guyana-oil-can-save-petrotrin-refinery-from-closure/).Who would have ever imagined that a high ranking member of CARICOM government would ever see Guyana as a key strategic partner and economically. Oh, how the times have changed!!!Where was the support for Guyana when her citizens were being mistreated and denigrated as second class citizens, for which many were rounded up out their beds and deported, belittled and ridiculed?I suspect that as the oil economy matures and the opportunities present themselves (if our current crop of leaders do not massively screw it up) we will see more nationals from the sister territories arriving, and despite the history of bad treatment, in my heart of hearts, I know fellow Guyanese will open the doors to other sister CARICOM nationals (as we for our South American neighbours) and not treat them the same as was done to us.I think we ought to be the bigger partner and do just that. We ran because we chose leaders who did not have our best interest at heart, and who were responsible for the bulk of our negative image and reputation.While we may forgive, we will NEVER forget how many countless Guyanese were belittled, chased, and persecuted in tough times when they needed a friend.I will continue to believe that my fellow countrymen and women are some of the best citizens in the world, with the biggest hearts, especially for those in need; as it reminds us so personally of our own struggles and experiences that still continue to this day, but hopefully will get better, if only for a short time.Editor, while I believe that the topic of our membership in CARICOM should be explored, I will leave that debate for some astute expert and thinker. However, I suspect that if Guyana were to ever elect a leader like Donald Trump, the idea of removing ourselves from that agreement would not be farfetched, as I believe that Guyana has not really been a beneficiary member of CARICOM, and the opposite may in fact be true.Humbly,Tony Persaudlast_img read more

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Investigate rape allegation in Region 2

first_imgDear Editor,The Regional Democratic Council of Region Two calls for urgent action by the relevant authorities to address the recent allegations of rape of a young lady in the presence of her boyfriend at the Anna Regina Community Centre Ground by GDF ranks stationed at the Anna Regina Base.The entire region, known for its peace, is very much concerned about the allegations raised.The RDC further reiterates its call for all the relevant authorities and agencies to be involved in addressing these serious allegations, so that a timely, fair, and just process can be achieved.Regards,Devanand RamdattRegional Chairman,Region Twolast_img read more

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The vote of two vs the people and Constitution

first_imgDear Editor,It has shown time again that courts have made decisions that goes against all logic and standing precedents in order to achieve a certain outcome.And in the case of our Court of Appeal, we see this playing out in full force. We cite many of the oldest and largest democracies in the world as a good source for understanding the context of majority votes and how it is applied.There are three ways that a majority vote works and they are: a simple majority, an absolute majority and a special majority. In cases where the need for an absolute majority is not stated, then we default to a simple majority.In our Constitution, there is no mention of an absolute majority and as such, a simple majority is to be used.Therefore, unless the Court of Appeal has the power to rewrite the Constitution, they should follow due process and standing precedents until such time that the Constitution is amended.In the world’s largest democracies, a simple majority is used for, among other things, the passing of no-confidence motions and it is defined by a majority of one when there is an odd number and a majority of plus one when there is an even number.Therefore, it would be surprising to many legal minds to find that two of three judges have decided to rule in favour of a scenario relevant to an even number and not in accordance to our present situation of an odd number.Then the questions are asked, how do we form a Government with a majority of 33 but are not able to pass a motion? And does this mean the 2015 election is a statistical tie and we should go to a runoff? And what is the purpose of 32 seats? Because if we follow what the court ruled, 32 seats is now a phantom number that does not exist.I smell many things in the air including a fish market.Sincerely,Malcolm Watkinslast_img read more

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GPF never good at fulfilling promises

first_imgDear Editor,For quite a while, mixed views have been expressed against members of the Guyana Police Force regarding their actions/performances in execution of their duties.Coupled with that are allegations of corruption, some being associated/linked with criminals, and various members being charged for criminal offences.One of the biggest complaints is extortion by members of the GPF whilst in uniform and executing their duties. It’s a norm now to traverse anywhere throughout Guyana and be stopped by GPF members in general duty uniform as they request to see your documents for the vehicle. In most cases, no traffic rank could be seen, but those that stopped you would perform the duties of a traffic officer and find some cause on your vehicle or documents, and either demand money or put you in a situation where you have to offer them money.At the western end of the Demerara Harbour Bridge, many people opine that there is the second toll booth for the Demerara Harbour Bridge after you would have purchased your ticket to traverse the bridge from the eastern end.From all indications, most GPF members seem to prefer standing on the road blocking/stopping vehicles on the roadways, because that seems more lucrative. No wonder when one makes a report or phone call to the station one is always told that the mobile unit is on patrol.While the success rate in minimal for the roadblocks in terms of drug busts, capturing wanted criminals, or finding illegal weapons, etc., it would be more feasible if GPF ranks’ efforts are directed at other places too; but, then again, that is not lucrative for them!Editor, of recent, with the assistance of social media, we’ve been seeing and hearing of lots of crimes being committed but are not in the media, and, with the full knowledge of John Public, those responsible are trying to paint a picture that crime is down. Based on the manner and the way this is being committed, it should be of grave concern to everyone.Quite alarmingly, school children are being robbed blatantly, and are being physically abused. I should mention that most of these victims are East Indians. On Tuesday, around 4pm, as I was boarding a route 32 minibus, there was a commotion; and looking to see what it was all about, I saw around six young African males, none seemed to be above 20 years old, and one in a cream-coloured long pants and white shirt with a haversack (could be a schoolboy) who didn’t seem to be more than 16 years old, surround an East Indian male, cuffing and kicking him beside the City Constabulary.They ran away after a few seconds of abusing the young man, and then we heard that the young man was just robbed. Everyone was shocked, especially at the young man, whom everyone presumed to be a schoolboy. Everyone made the suggestion that if the perpetrator had been caught, he would have been given a sound licking.A while back, I penned a few letters expressing my concern with the rapid increase of limers going at school premises, and how their attitudes were motivating students to drop out of school and be involved in drugs and crime. No one takes heed, and sadly, today’s trend is uncontrollable and is still increasing. Now I am seeing what seems to be a schoolboy committing a crime.Sadly, in such a crowded area, the perpetrators were all still able to escape.This is an area that the City Constabulary and the GPF were supposed to be protecting, but it seems they are only protecting commuters from touts.This is the system we have in Guyana — a country being governed by an illegal Government. The head is a former ruler of the Guyana Defence Force, and most of his close associates/advisors are former heads of the GDF or the GPF. In other words, with all those ex-military personnel, four years after, instead of the crime rate being reduced, it is increasing. But, then again, if you are breaking the law, you cannot expect the citizens not to do the same.Consistency seems to be lacking from the GPF and the City Constabulary, because the various car parks around Stabroek Market have been plagued with criminals committing crimes against commuters traversing the area; and except for a brief stint — when Police presence was visible for a few days in uniform and in plain clothes, and crime was reduced a little – the situation is sadly back to normal. This is the vision of a now illegal Government that has legally inherited a country with problems, and cannot find a solution to deal with those problems.Traffic jam is an everyday problem around the Stabroek minibus parks, and even though security cameras have been installed there, the problems still exist. So it makes no sense recommending that cameras be installed to monitor where people usually get robbed and where there is a gathering of children, because that might eventually turn into a white elephant too, because it seems as if Government’s vision for Guyana is limited.Finally, Editor, a few weeks ago, a young lady was robbed of over half a million dollars and her cell phone among other items, including her handbag, whilst going home in the evening. Immediately, she went to the station and made a report, and informed the Police that she knows who had committed the crime against her. She told me she was surprised when the Police asked her if the colour of the bag was the exact colour she had told them. The Police picked up the individual after her insistence, and she was given the royal push around although she kept insisting that the person they were holding was the right person.Surprisingly, he was released and she was told the Police have to get more witnesses before he could be charged.Now, there were a few persons around when she was robbed, and they had seen when the thief was escaping, and she told the Police about those persons, but the Police never attempted to find/talk to those individuals, according to her. These questions are being asked: Is a proper investigation being conducted? Is there a cover-up? Are the Police being part of this crime by taking a drawback?Based on what this young woman told me, she would not be getting back anything, even though she knows the criminal, because she strongly believes that the Police are siding with the thief.How long are we going to continue hearing stories like these? From all indications, even though Police are being dismissed and charged, they are still indulging in illegalities. When there’s a public outcry, you will hear of some campaign that evolves to nothing a few days after.A simple example is: you cannot have any sort of tint on your vehicle without members of the GPF harassing you, but even though there’s a warning, almost every vehicle owned by a Police is heavily tinted, and these could be found parked in all the station compounds or outside of the stations in plain view. I’ve never heard of Police being charged for a tinted vehicle, but the ordinary man is being charged, forced to remove the tint, or daily being harassed to pay a bribe.Such is the vision for Guyana despite all the promises. Would you believe the new promises being made presently will become a reality when the simple ones cannot be fulfilled?Sincerely,Sahadeo Bateslast_img read more

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